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Language: German (Deutsch)

Und ringsum Schnee und Gletschereis
Und steile Berge Wand an Wand,
Dahinter traumhaft weit und weiss
Das tief verschneite Oberland.

Und langsam setz' ich Schuh um Schuh
Auf Fels und schneeverwehten Grund
Und wandere den Gletschern zu,
Die kurze Pfeife schräg im Mund.

Vielleicht daß dort fern aller Welt
Im blauen Licht von Eis und Mond
Der süße Friede der mir fehlt
Und Schlummer und Vergessen wohnt.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 114-115.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Ascent", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ascension", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-05-15.
Last modified: 2017-10-09 22:50:54
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Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Tout alentour, de la neige et la glace des glaciers
Et la montagne abrupte, parois face à face,
Derrière comme en rêve, lointain et blanc,
L'Oberland couvert d'une neige épaisse.

Et lentement j'avance pas à pas
Sur les rochers et le sol bordé de congères
Et marche vers les glaciers,
Une courte pipe au coin de la bouche.

Peut-être que là-bas, loin du monde entier,
Dans la lumière bleue de la glace et de la lune,
Habitent la douce paix qui me manque,
Et le sommeil et l'oubli.

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Text added to the website: 2017-01-09.
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